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Research firm IDC has posted its quarterly report on the worldwide smartphone market, and according to its numbers, the share of phones that used Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system went down from 3.4 percent in the second quarter of 2013 to just 2.5 percent in the same time period of 2014.

Overall, IDC says that 301.3 million smartphones shipped worldwide in the second quarter of 2014, which is the first time in history that there have been over 300 million smartphones shipped in one quarter. However, the research firm also says that Windows Phone shipments only reached 7.4 million units for the quarter. That's down from 8.2 million devices shipped during the same time period a year ago. IDC did noticed that shipments were up slightly compared to the first quarter of 2014.

IDC seemed to offer some hope that shipments in the second half of the year for Windows Phone products will get a big boost, stating that we should see "numerous vendors within key emerging markets come on board, including BLU, Micromax, Prestigio, Yezz, and others. These join Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava, Lenovo, LG, Longcheer, and ZTE."

Android smartphone shipments for the second quarter of 2014 totaled 255.3 million, according to IDC, and in so doing claimed 84.7 percent of the worldwide smartphone market share. Apple was second with 35.3 million devices and a 11.7 percent share. BlackBerry only shipped 1.5 million smartphones during the quarter, and in so doing was in fourth place with just 0.5 percent of the worldwide market share.

What do you think of IDC's finding and do you think the second half of 2014 will be better for Windows Phone thanks to a flood of new devices coming soon?

Source: IDC